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The Black Knights are a CITY of HEROES villain group that premiered with the new Night Ward zone in Issue 23.

In doing the concept, I had two key goals:
1. Figure out a series of armor layers that together could cover the whole villain group, from scrubs to bosses AND

2. simultaneously make sure the assets could work on the player models. With the original Medieval set woefully out-of-date and never that historically accurate to begin with, we really wanted to use this opportunity to address those problems and give players something worthy of the era

Definitely a lot of things to accomplish in just one model, but I think we got it right.


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:iconjustanotherwebsurfer:
The helmet is pretty clever. Unobstructed peripheral sight, and a small visor to cover the peripheral for added protection.

Thighs look pretty vulnerable.
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Pixel-pencil Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Love that stance!
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sweet--thanks! :D
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CMKook-24601 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah ya did too bad we never got to play with it
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You got to find the Black Knights in Night Ward at least, but I guess they didn't quite get around to releasing the player parts. :(
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CMKook-24601 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah :/
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:iconcyderak:
cyderak Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Don't screw with that guy. The color scheme and overall design is very cool.
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:iconez31:
ez31 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
very cool very original
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconpunkinmang:
PunkinMang Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This set is amazing, and the concept art is great! Good to know that this is going to players soon, because I always thought it looked like it was optimized for player characters, but I haven't seen any confirmation elsewhere.

You still out of the loop on a (rough) release date?
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Not sure. It's just SOON(tm).
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:iconpunkinmang:
PunkinMang Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Haha of course Well, now I know we're at least getting it, and that's awesome.
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Some porting work would have to be done, but yeah, these were concepted with player conversion in mind. That's as much as I know. :)
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:iconpunkinmang:
PunkinMang Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Naturally, not everything that looks like it's made for players can just be copy-pasted to the Costume Creator. Well thanks for responding to my comments, keep up the good work!
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khamya9 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
I remember when the nightward arcs released there was so much talk about the new enemies. And when people found out excalibur is only for titan weapons there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth. Because it really is an awesome sword design.

I love how the armor works not just for the heavy knights but the lighter staff fighters, and the dark mages too.

Plus I'm quite hopeful it will mesh well with the cyborg bits to make an awesome steampunk robot.

Very well imagined and very well implemented.
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great post--thanks! I hadn't heard that about the sword, but it warms my heart! My hope for the armor is that it'll give people 2 things simultaneously: realistic medieval armor (from the base set) plus a big bulky look that's more fantastical. VERY curious to see how it mixes and matches too. :)
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Bensaret Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
As soon as I saw this armor in game I thought "Oh please make this available to players :XD:!"
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well, they announced some version of it at the recent Player Summit. No idea when or how it'll actually be deployed, but stay tuned.
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:iconquakester:
Quakester Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Ooh. That means we are getting these soon. Awesome! I was wondering if those options would be available to players
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
They said as much at the recent Player Summit, but it may be a while before they're officially out. I'm out of the loop on that. :)
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:iconquakester:
Quakester Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
I don't pay much attention to every announcement anymore. If it's not on the launcher I kinda let it slide. ;)
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Fair enough. Should be coming soon-ish.
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:iconquakester:
Quakester Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Groovy
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:iconcgron:
cgron Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah I really want to be able to use this set!
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hopefully soon!
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RedWinterwolf Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
I think the correct term of usage here is; WANT. DO WANT. =P

Loved these guys, hope to see this coming for us players soon
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ha ha--hopefully soon!
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TakemaKei Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
just what i need XD
good work as always.
awesome helmet
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Better than a bucket! :D
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:icontakemakei:
TakemaKei Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
definitely XD
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DracoEx Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Another absolutely amazing concept!

I so wish we City of Heroes players could get this as a full blown costume set. Yeah, we got the Chain Mail and Leather Armor pieces, but my Super-Knight needs his Plate Mail, dang it!
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Stay tuned! File this as coming SOON (tm). :)
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zero-okumura Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
love it but can i ask you some thing how did you do this wiht out any line in the side
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's painted in Photoshop and uses no lineart. The trick there is that you need a heavy value contrast between the figure's edge and the background color (here, the figure edge is white and the bg is dark gray). So you get contrast w/out needing a holding line.
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zero-okumura Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
gah thast so hard i thinking and my head go like the tv wiht no channel can you show it detail by detail i will love to lear it
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Doesn't require a tutorial. It's just a matter of contrast.
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:iconzero-okumura:
zero-okumura Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i Know it dosent but i see and learn that way you know
QAQ its hard to learn by jurt readying you know?
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BelRhaza4017 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
very cool work with this, my friend, props!
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, sir!
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BelRhaza4017 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
U r most welcome
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